The Bill Gessner Startup Food Co-op Award

Published February 21, 2020 by Stuart Reid

      In honor of Bill Gessner, cooperative hero and primary creator of the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages Food Co-op Development model, the food co-op community will make an annual award to recognize excellence in food co-op development. The award winner will be chosen from applications submitted by startup food co-ops in Stage […]

2020 Updated Sources & Uses Budget Template Now Available!

Published October 25, 2018 by Stuart Reid

The Sources & Uses Budget Template has been revised and updated to reflect changes in development costs and improve ease of use. Be sure to use the most recent version for your planning, and update any older budgets you may have already created. Along with the updated template, we are pleased to provide a new […]

Sugar Beet Co-op Named 2018 Startup of the Year

Published June 21, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative announced that  Sugar Beet Food Co-op in Oak Park, IL is the recipient of their annual Startup of the Year award. Food Co‐op Initiative created the Startup of the Year Award to recognize the heroic efforts made by new co‐ops to open stores in their communities. The Sugar Beet Co-op opened in […]

Everything Co-op on WOL 1450 Radio Features Stuart Reid

Published June 13, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Announcement from WOL 1450 Radio: Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative Appears on Everything Co-op, June 14, 2018     Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, June 14, at 10:30 am for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, (FCI). Vernon and Stuart will discuss how FCI works with […]

CCMA Conference 2018 May 31-June 2

Published May 19, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

The annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference is May 31 – June 2, 2018 in Portland, OR.  This conference s geared towards open co-ops and startups in stage three.  The conference  includes  full days of workshops, keynote speakers, vendor info, and networking time,  and is hosted in  Portland, OR Startup attendees should be sure to […]

New Resource: A Food Co-op Business Plan Guide

Published April 4, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

As startups seek investors and loans, a solid business plan is essential. A Food Co-op Business Plan Guide (click to download) is a new tool to help startups build their own business plan. It allows them to express their vision while clearly communicating the information potential lenders and investors will understand. You can find it […]

USDA Announces New Local Food Promotion Program Grants

Published March 11, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Often the criteria for the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant from the USDA shift a bit from year to year. FCI is always watching for the criteria release around this time so we can read it over and let you all know if start up food co-ops seem to fit the desired program criteria. […]

New! Real Estate Resource Guide

Published February 16, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

The new Real Estate Resource Guide is now available for free download. This guide seeks to clarify the tools and resources available for food co-ops to efficiently secure and develop the physical space needed for their store. The need to design and build an attractive building in a location that easily serves a growing shopper […]

Up & Coming food co-op conference Registration is Open

Published January 22, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Up & Coming 2018 is sure to be our best startup gathering yet. Mark your calendar for March 16-17, 2018, with March 15 an optional day for tours and workshops. This is THE EVENT of the year for all retail food co-op startups. We encourage you to bring as many organizers as possible so you can fully participate […]

Up & Coming Conference Scholarship Deadline Monday, February 5

Published January 22, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Note: 2/5/18: Up & Coming conference 2018 scholarship applications are due (via email only) has been extended to Friday, February 9, 2018. Notification letters will be sent on February 12, via email. Visit the conference website for conference agenda, location and logistics. Download the scholarship application here: 2018 scholarship application final.docx Questions? Contact Deb Trocha  […]